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Full Fitch report on Lebanon  

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Latest military chopper expected to debut at National Day parade: report  



A domestically made Z-20 medium-lift utility helicopter bearing an army serial number takes flight at an unknown location and time. Photo: screenshot from China Central Television

By Liu Xuanzun

An echelon of China's domestically developed Z-20 helicopters was spotted on Monday in a video that was purported in the media to be a rehearsal for the upcoming National Day parade, leading analysts to believe that the country's newest chopper could make its public debut at the October 1 event.

Multiple Z-20 helicopters, and other military choppers, flew in formation near southeast Beijing's Yizhuang area, as seen in a video the Aerospace Knowledge magazine posted on its Sina Weibo account on Monday.

The Z-20 echelon seems to be preparing for the military parade that will celebrate the 70th birthday of the People's Republic of China, the Aerospace Knowledge magazine said.

"The Z-20 has been in trials for some time now, so it will not surprise me if it makes its public debut in the parade on October 1," a military expert who asked not to be named told the Global Times on Tuesday.

The Z-20 is a 10 ton-class medium-lift utility helicopter often compared to the US' UH-60 Black Hawk. It can have different versions to adapt to different terrain and weather, and is expected to be used by both the army and navy, analysts said, noting it could operate on plateaus and naval vessels.

As a utility helicopter it can be used in many types of missions including personnel and cargo transport, search and rescue, reconnaissance and anti-submarine, the expert said.

China's Ministry of National Defense confirmed the Z-20's development in 2013, when media reported a Z-20 made a trial flight at that time.

There have been multiple sightings of the helicopter since then, including one in May featuring a Z-20 painted with an army serial number, an indication of commissioning into the military, Weihutang, a column on military affairs affiliated with China Central Television, reported, citing foreign reports.

China has yet to officially announce the commissioning of the helicopter, but military enthusiasts are eagerly waiting to see it as they consider the Z-20 a member of China's most advanced "20 series" aircraft, with the others being the J-20 stealth fighter jet, the Y-20 large transport plane and the H-20 strategic bomber.

 


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Namibian students enthralled with space travel as Chinese astronauts leave lasting imprint  


Chinese astronauts Liu Yang (R) and Chen Dong attend a face-to-face interaction at Namibia's University of Science and Technology (NUST) in Windhoek, Namibia, on Aug. 22, 2019. Students at Namibia's University of Science and Technology (NUST) have called for more investments in science and technology following a visit by Chinese astronauts. (Photo by Musa Kaseke/Xinhua)

WINDHOEK, Aug. 22 (Xinhua) -- Students at Namibia's University of Science and Technology (NUST) have called for more investments in science and technology following a visit by Chinese astronauts.

Liu Yang and Chen Dong, who are in Namibia on a five-day visit, had an opportunity to engage in face to face interactions with the NUST students on Thursday.

The interactions focused on awareness in the development of space science and technology as the Chinese duo shared their experience in space through photographs and videos while entertaining various questions posed by the students.

Leuan van Kent, a 24-year-old senior in Engineering Electronics and Telecommunications at NUST, told Xinhua that he was impressed by the Space Talk session, during which Liu Yang, China's first female astronaut in space, revealed that she had wanted to be a bus driver, but ended up being an astronaut.

"The sky is the limit, who knows it might not be long before we have our very own Namibian astronauts explore space," Van Kent said.

According to him, for Namibia to achieve this, the government or industry players need to invest more in education and training, especially at the Namibian Institute of Space Technology (NIST), which is housed at NUST.

The role of NIST is to produce competent graduates that will play leading roles in the field of space technology as well as contribute to the societal improvement of life by the effective application of satellite applications and technology, amongst others.

"We all know it is expensive, but we can start one step at a time. For instance, we currently host the Chinese satellite tracking station in Swakopmund and through that, we can further learn and train locals," he added.

David John, a computer science senior, said the session with the astronauts was an eye-opener.

"I believe Namibia should not be left behind and hopefully one day we can 'tangle with the stars,' when we have our very own home-made astronaut," he added.

Geomatics student Laameni Haininga said she would like to see Namibia also send a female astronaut to space.

"I myself would not mind following in Yang's footsteps as she has inspired me. One never knows maybe one day I will be in her shoes," she added.

The event was attended by Chinese Ambassador to Namibia Zhang Yiming, Namibia's Deputy Minister of Higher Education, Training and Innovation Becky Ndjoze-Ojo and NUST officials.

Currently, the two countries enjoy cooperation in the science and technology field as Namibia hosts the China Telemetry, Tracking and Command Station, which tracks the re-entry of Chinese manned space vehicles.


Chinese astronauts Liu Yang (C) and Chen Dong (2nd L) attend a face-to-face interaction at Namibia's University of Science and Technology (NUST) in Windhoek, Namibia, on Aug. 22, 2019. Students at Namibia's University of Science and Technology (NUST) have called for more investments in science and technology following a visit by Chinese astronauts. (Photo by Musa Kaseke/Xinhua)

Chinese astronauts Liu Yang (3rd R) and Chen Dong (1st R) pose for a group photo with students at Namibia's University of Science and Technology (NUST) in Windhoek, Namibia, on Aug. 22, 2019. Students at Namibia's University of Science and Technology (NUST) have called for more investments in science and technology following a visit by Chinese astronauts. (Photo by Musa Kaseke/Xinhua)


Opinion: German slowdown is a warning signal  

There's no denying anymore that Germany's economy is slowing. Yet, this isn't the time for stop-gap measures, says DW's Henrik Böhme. Instead, he argues, sober-minded decisions by both politics and businesses are needed.


Mater Dei routs Centennial in season opener   -6%


Monarchs score early and often behind Bryce Young's passing in rout of Centennial.